Monday, August 13, 2018

Brigham Young’s Father-in-law

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Obviously Brigham Young had a number of Father-in-laws. Which one of the listed men below was his Father-in-law?
a.                  Porter Rockwell-sheriff and marksman
b.                  William Folsom-architect of Tabernacle and Temples
c.                   Parley P. Pratt-missionary extraordinaire
d.                  Hyrum Smith-devout brother of the prophet Joseph Smith  
Yesterday’s answer:
C   She sang as she crossed the plains in her wooden shoes
From the life of Henrietta Cecelia (Carlson) Neilson Beckstrand:   The people of Malmo, Sweden were very receptive to the message of the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and all except two of her sisters were converted and baptized. Henrietta came to America first. Her step father made her a new pair of wooden shoes and transferred $76.00 to America which was to pay for needs to cross the Plains. She never did receive the $76.00 so she had to rely on the kindness of others. She crossed the Plains in the John Murdock Company and walked the entire distance in wooden shoes. She was lonely, but she sang her hours away and became known as the “Songbird in Wooden Shoes.” After they arrived in Utah, she went to live with her grandmother Carlson who was in Fillmore, Utah.

International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, (Publisher Press, 1998), 1:202.

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